Next challenge awaits No. 11 LSU women’s basketball team at Mississippi State

LSU's Faustine Aifuwa. PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

The No. 11 LSU women’s basketball team (21-4, 9-3 SEC) will go head-to-head with Mississippi State (15-9, 6-6 SEC) Thursday at 6 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.

“They push the ball in transition, they shoot the three, they’ll go five guards sometimes,” LSU coach Kim Mulkey said about the Bulldogs. “A lot of movement. A lot of dribble-penetration. We have them size wise, but that’s not always great depending on matchups defensively.”

The Tigers have four games remaining in the regular season and they control their own destiny.

LSU has the opportunity to finish as high as No. 2 in the SEC and is in a position to clinch one of the Top-16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament which would allow the Tigers to host first and second round games in the PMAC. LSU has won its most regular season games since the 2007-08 season.

Thursday’s game can be streamed on the SEC Network + and will be broadcast locally by 107.3-F.M.

LSU features the most potent guard trio in the SEC. Khayla Pointer and Alexis Morris are the only two players from the same team inside the Top-10 in the SEC in scoring. Jailin Cherry is on pace to set new career marks for points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.

“We just have to keep making everybody understand not one player can be hesitant, can lose their confidence; you’ve just got to keep playing,” Mulkey said.

LSU’s scoring offense ranks No. 2 in the SEC (75.9 ppg) and MSU is right behind at No. 3 (72.0 ppg). The Bulldogs feature Anastasia Hayes on offense, and she scores 19.1 points per game. JerKaila Jordan is MSU’s other top scorer. Both her and Hayes had over 20 points Tuesday at Kentucky, but the Bulldogs fell to the Wildcats after leading by 15 points with 7:10 left in the game.

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